Goodies classic 'to help gibbons'
The Goodies' classic ode to the ape The Funky Gibbon is to be relaunched to raise cash to help protect the primate.
Comedians Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden originally scored a top 10 hit with the novelty song in 1975.
Now 25 years on, the track has been given a revamp and will by re-released to boost the coffers of the International Primate Protection League's (IPPL) Save the Gibbon campaign.
Gibbons rank among the most endangered primates in the world. Since the 1950s, numbers of the Hainan gibbon have plummeted from more than 2,000 to fewer than 25.
All 16 species of gibbon are threatened with extinction.
But the IPPL hope that with the help of The Goodies, the profile of the forgotten ape will receive a boost.
The Funky Gibbon will be available for download from tomorrow at www.savethegibbon.org.
Helen Thirlway, director of IPPL, said: "Gibbons are often overlooked because, due to their small size, they are classified as lesser rather than great apes.
"This means they don't receive the same funding and protection and yet they are equally at risk from poaching, illegal trafficking and habitat destruction."